Q: Why do baseball managers, unlike coaches of other professional sports teams, wear uniforms?
A: This goes back to the early days of baseball, when managers were often also players and had to wear uniforms to play. That was not the case for early basketball coaches, or for most early hockey and football coaches. Although player-managers had become scarce by the mid-1900s (Pete Rose of the 1986 Reds was the last), the tradition of wearing the uniform remained. Only two managers, Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950, and Burt Shotton of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 1940s, have ever gone against the tradition by wearing suits during the games. The official rules say that “coaches” must wear uniforms. But although they are the equivalent of coaches in other sports, baseball managers are managers, and, therefore, not held to the rule.
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